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NAMM 2009

Hanson Firenze T-90 Electric Guitar Review

August 17, 2010
The T-90 blends Tele-style twang with P-90 growl in a striking-looking package
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Martin Introduces the M-30 Jorma Kaukonen Custom Artist Edition

December 9, 2009
Legendary Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna guitarist''s unique design inspires a perfect guitar for acoustic fingerstyle blues
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Diamond Amplification-Spitfire II Demo & Del Fuego

August 28, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Diamond Amplification booth. In this video, we get to see and hear Diamond's Spitfire II. In addition, we get a sneak peek at their newest low-wattage head, the Del Fuego.

The Spitfire II (the two-channel version) sports the Spitfire Is voicing in Channel 1 and a full, rich vintage higher gain Channel 2 with DAs signature dual volume, gain design. Channel 2s voicing is big and tight like the vintage heads with an updated feel featuring plenty of lows and mids. It comes loaded with 4-EL34s and 6-12AX7 preamp tubes.

The Del Fuego is a hand-wired Class A, 22 watt head that is designed and voiced off boutique amp builder Roy Blankenship's designs, but with a Diamond twist. The Del Fuego uses 3-12AX7, 2-EL84 power tubes, and 1-6CA4 rectifier. It features two-channels (independent controls) with a tremolo effect.

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Visual Sound - Warped Distortion & Open Road Demos

August 28, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Visual Sound booth. In this segment, we get to check out three of their newest V2 Series pedals - Vans Warped Distortion, Open Road Overdrive and Truetone Clean Boost.

The Vans Warped Distortion is limited edition pedal that has three basic controls - Grind, Edge, and Loud (translation: Drive, Tone, Volume). The Vans Warped Distortion is definitely geared towards Warped Tour inspired guitarists. The Visual Sound guys were really proud of its grinding, low-end distortion, which is pertinent to a lot of the Warped Tour artists' tone.

Based on Visual Sound's Route 808, the Open Road offers that tone but with a more open sounding, amp-like overdrive with less dominant mid-range. It produces clear low end, sparkling highs and none of the mid-range hump. Open Road features a very interactive tone circuit, effecting not only high-end roll-off, but gain structure as well.

Truetone Clean Boost is a way to push the front end of your tube amp. Then again, it's also a great way to push a good overdrive pedal a bit harder. If you like the tone you already have from another pedal, just put the Truetone after that pedal for a volume boost as the Visual Sound guys said its great for a solo boost or to make a certain part stand out. The Truetone can get up to a 15dB boost, but it runs internally off of 27V - so all of that boost is clean. They bump up the voltage inside the pedal, rather than requiring use of a special external power supply.

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Sonic Reality Downloadable Soundz, Drum Masters

August 23, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he swings by the Sonic Reality booth. In this segement, we get introduced to three of Sonic Reality's digital music and recording products. Downloadable Soundz is a web site where guitarists can preview backing and drum tracks for jam sessions, practice or even recording purposes. The drumming and pre-recorded packages suit players according to sound and genre. Also, Drum Masters is a software that tries to capture the infamous drummers through the history of rock 'n' roll including, Peter Gabriel, John Bonham, Steely Dan and those Motown greats.

In short, Sonic Reality's motto is "Sample Everything," as they strive to create high quality loops for nearly every genre of music and playable sounds for every instrument category from drums to percussion, guitar, bass, keyboards, synths, orchestral, vocal and exotic instruments from all over the world.

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Gallien-Krueger MB Fusion Demo, MB 500 & More

August 22, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Gallien-Krueger booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear three of Gallien Krueger's newest offerings.

First up is the MB500, which is a 500 watt bass head that will easily fit into your gig bag. Coming in at 10.75" x8.5" x1.75" and just under four pounds, the MB500 packs a considerable punch for its compact size. It features a four-band active EQ and contour control, that allows you to tweak your tone before hitting the digital power section. The preamp section also features a footswitchable boost channel with independent volume control.

Even smaller in size, the MB Fusion is the newest product released by Gallien-Krueger. Built on the success of the MB 500, the new MB Fusion incorporates the same all-tube preamp of the Fusion 550 and maintains a sleek and small design. It comes loaded with 3-12AX7 preamp tubes, four-band EQ and Deep and Bright switches.

The Fusion 1050 incorporates a six stage tube preamp paired with a 1000 watt version of the high current solid state power amp used in the 2001RB. It comes with three-12AX7 preamp tubes, Gain-Master-Horn controls, four-band active EQ and a variable Contour control with a mid frequency select.

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Tanglewood Guitars MasterDesign Series-Summer NAMM

August 21, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Tanglewood Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to check out their MasterDesign Series - made in collaboration with Michael Sanden. The guitars in this series all feature Michael's special bracing and "swoosh" bridge. In addition, all the guitars feature a solid spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, twin-piece mahogany neck and ebony fingerboard complete with a 0 fret.
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DBZ Guitars - Venom, Imperial, Cavallo & More

August 21, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the DBZ Guitars booth. In this segment, we get an overview of several of DBZ's models from Mr. DBZ himself, Dean Zelinsky. We get to check out the Cavallo (mahogany body, maple top, set mahogany neck and custom DBZ pickups), Bolero (mahogany body with a maple top, set mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard and custom DBZ hardware) and Imperial (mahogany body with a flamed maple top, set mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard and custom DBZ hardware).

We also get to check out some of DBZ's "Dark Side" models including the Venom (mahogany body, set maple neck w/ ebony fingerboard, EMG pickups and original Floyd Rose) and Bird of Prey (mahogany body, set maple neck w/ ebony fingerboard, EMG pickups and original Floyd Rose trem).

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Hanson Guitars - Chicagoan, Firenze, Gatto & More

August 20, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Hanson Guitars booth. In this segment, we get introduced to several of this Chicago-based guitar company.

First off, the Cigno features a bound mahogany body, set mahogany neck with a rosewood fingerboard and it comes loaded with Hanson P-90s.

Another model is the Gatto, which comes with bound mahogany body, set mahogany neck with a rosewood fingerboard and is loaded with Hanson humbuckers featuring coil-tap options.

Next up, is the Chicagoan. It features bound maple top, back and sides, set maple neck with a ebony fingerboard and its loaded with Hanson mini-humbuckers.

And the last Hanson model we get to check out is the Firenze. This model features and ash body, maple bolt-on neck, rosewood or maple fingerboards and Hanson "Blade" mini-humbuckers.

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JBovier Stringed Instruments - Various Mandolins

August 20, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the JBovier Stringed Instruments booth. In this segment we get to see some traditional and not-so-traditional mandolins. Jeff Cowherd shows off two of his in-progress projects - electric solidbody mandolins.

And for a more traditional mandolin, he shows us his F5Z mandolin. It features an engleman spruce top, carved African zebrawood back and sides, solid Canadian flamed maple neck and an ebony fingerboard.

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Summer NAMM '09

August 19, 2009
Staff picks from Summer NAMM
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DAR Amps - Superaria Head Demo - Summer NAMM '09

August 19, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he swings by the DAR Amps booth. In this segment, we get to check out DAR's Superaria head. The Superaria is like no other guitar amp in that it comes loaded with 6C33 tubes, which are the same tubes used in MIG 25 jets and Russian battlefield tanks. It delivers a full 65 watts of rich Class A tone. In Aria mode, this amp delivers an astounding 35 watts of hum free and harmonically accurate Single Ended Class A tone (accomplished while maintaining push pull bandwidth and stability). A switchable tone stack matrix delivers tones from classic American rock all the way to the deepest grinding bone crushing British import sound. The amp is advertised as pushing more gain than anyone could ever want, this beast even comes with a spring reverb.
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3rd Power Amps - HLH 100 & G-Lab Bypass Wah Demos

August 19, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he swings by the TSI Distributing booth, which handles 3rd Power Amplification and G-Lab Guitar Laboratory effects.

We get to hear 3rd Power's first amp offering from their HLH 100 Series, the HD100 (a 100W head) and their unique HLH cabinets that house Celestion Vintage 30s. The hand-wired, point-to-point HD100 head comes loaded with 4-EL34s, various outputs (16 ohm, 8 or 4) 3-12AX7 preamp tubes. The speaker cabinets are designed to remove the beaming and comb-filtering of a typical cabinet. The 3rd Power guys said that when stacking three-3x12 cabinets together, you can attain a high-quality *WET/DRY/WET sound in the same space as two conventional cabinets.

The G-Lab True Bypass Wah-Pad is a full analog device that makes the use of wah-wah type effects more comfortable. As described to us by the G-Lab fellas, using a traditional wah-wah effect requires switching it ON and OFF, which forces the player to perform an additional operation during which playing is not possible. The wah-pad eliminates this operation. The wah-pad is supplied from included 9V internal battery or an external power supply adapter.

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Music Man Dargie Delight II & StingRay SLO Special

August 18, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Ernie Ball Music Man booth. In this video segment, we get a peak at the Dargie Delight Limited Edition run of guitars and basses that feature the "Carmel Apple Delight" green finish. It comes with an ebony fingerboard on a maple neck and can be ordered on all Music Man models except the Steve Morse Y2D, Axis and Axis Super Sport.

We also get a peek at the StingRay SLO Special which features the traditional StingRay setup but comes with a slimmer, Sterling-style neck.

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Ibanez - Left-hand Vai & Satch Signatures & More

August 18, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Ibanez booth. In this segment we check out several familiar models with a bit of a twist. First up is the 30th Anniversary Musician Bass, which is limited to 15 basses worldwide. The bass made famous by Sting features swamp ash body, 5 piece maple/walnut neck, ebony fingerboard and a MC30TH Special Inlay. Next up is the 20th Anniversary of the Paul Gilbert PGM100RE. It features a basswood body, 5 piece maple/walnut neck, bound rosewood fingerboard and has a H-S-H pickup configuration. Finally, the wait is over as Ibanez has released left-hand Steve Vai and Joe Satriani signature models.
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Ernie Ball Coated Bass Strings, Pics & More

August 17, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Ernie Ball booth. In this segment, we get introduced to some new Ernie Ball accessories - Coated Bass Strings (several gauges and variations), Day-glow Guitar Pics and Flexfit Ernie Ball hats.
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Sterling AX20, AX40, Petrucci Signature & More

August 17, 2009
PG's Ben Friedman is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Sterling by Music Man booth. In this segment, we get to see several new products offered by Sterling. The AX20 features a contoured basswood body, quilted maple veneer top, 2x Sterling A5 Zebra Humbuckers and a maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard.

The AX40 has contoured basswood body with cream binding, quilted maple veneer top, Sterling double-locking tremolo, bolt-on maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard and two Sterling A5 Zebra Humbuckers.

The JP50 (John Petrucci Signature) has a baswood body, custom Sterling Petrucci Neck carve, a maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, two Sterling Modern Humbuckers and Sterling Modern Tremolo recessed bridge.

The SB14 bass comes with a basswood body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, Music Man-Designed humbucker with a 3rd hidden phantom coil and an active preamp.

The Ray34 bass features a swamp ash body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, Music-Man designed humbucker and a 6-bolt neck joint.

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Recording King Custom Shop ROS-697 & More

August 14, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he swings by the Recording King booth. In this video segment, we get introduced to some of their newest offerings - Custom Shop ROS-697 and the Jubilee Series Classic Small-Body acoustic. The ROS-697 is based on a historic 1927 12th fret 000 design. It features a hand-selected AAA Sitka spruce top, Brazilian rosewood back and sides and a mahogany neck. The ebony fingerboard is inlaid with an elaborate Greg Rich-designed Tree-of-Life M.O.P inlay covering the full fretboard. There will only be 10 of these Custom Shop renditions made.

The Jubilee Series Classic Small-Body has a solid Sitka spruce top and supported with hand-shaped, fully scalloped x-bracing. The back and sides are made of figured maple. The "C" profile neck is made from a single piece of solid mahogany with traditionally styled inlay on the rosewood fretboard.

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Cole Clark - Jerry Douglas Lap Steel Jam

August 14, 2009
PG's On Location in Nashveille, TN for Summer NAMM '09 where we visit the Cole Clark booth. In this video, we get a special treat as Jerry Douglas does his thing on Cole Clark's Violap. The Violap is made with the standard Cole Clark carved top and features a hollow neck. The body has a hour-glass shape reminiscent to lap steels in the '30s. Also, it comes loaded with two humbuckers.
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AXL Guitars Badwater Series Guitars - Summer NAMM

August 13, 2009
PG's Ben Friedman is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the AXL Guitars booth. In this segment we get to see several models within their Badwater Series. The guitars within this series feature distressed bodies, antiqued hardware that gives them that beaten and battered appearance. Also, the guitars come equipped with EMG-designed pickups.
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